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Rape Kit Processing Problems Continue to be Top Issue to Democratic Legislator

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2014

 

Contact:         Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

Rape Kit Processing Problems Continue to be Top Issue to Democratic Legislator

 

Salt Lake City - The Utah Legislature’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice interim committee heard further report today on the status of rape kit processing in Utah.

 

House Democratic Leader, Representative Jennifer Seelig said today, “It is crucial that we continue to investigate and report on the progress that state is making with this backlog. Our state is accountable to these victims, who have put their trust in us, and it is our job to work to keep that trust. This committee, the Utah Sexual Violence Committee, and the state are dedicated to correcting this problem as quickly as possible.”

 

A significant backlog of rape kits, as well as the way in which victims are made aware of what has happened to their rape kits, came to light during the 2014 General Session. Representative Seelig authored a law that changed the way rape kit processing is handled in the state, and expands communication between victims and law enforcement on the status of their evidence and cases.

 

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Commission on Women in the Economy Goes Live

Posted by on May 27, 2014

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: May 26, 2014

 

Contact:         Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

Commission on Women in the Economy Goes Live

 

Salt Lake City- Governor Herbert will sign House Bill 90 tomorrow, creating the Women in the Economy Commission. The Commission seeks to support and establish research on the impact of women in Utah’s economy, as well as recommend specific policies to public and private institutions that can help women find success.

 

Representative Jennifer Seelig, the bill’s sponsor, commented saying, “We are a state full of female leaders working to make their homes and communities better. Women are financial drivers, making huge decisions on where income goes back into the economy. If we can understand how women’s choices in business, education, and spending are amplified, we can build an economic foundation for Utah that guarantees development on pace with our needs. We provide for ourselves. What’s more, we become more competitive. We lead.”

 

What:              HB 90 Women in the Economy Commission Bill Signing

Who:               Representative Jennifer Seelig and guests

When:             Tuesday, May 27th, 11 a.m.

Where:                        Utah Capitol Gold Room

 

 

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House Democrats Swing Back on GOP Medicaid Stance

Posted by on May 21, 2014

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: May 21, 2014

 

Contact:         Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

House Democrats Swing Back on GOP Medicaid Stance

 

Salt Lake City – Utah House Democrats are confounded by the reported stance of the Republican House Caucus on the Governor’s version of Medicaid expansion, called “Healthy Utah”.  The Health System Reform Task Force is slated to hear from the Department of Health tomorrow, May 22nd, on the status of negotiations between the Governor and the federal government, and the benefits to the proposed plan.

 

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, member of Health System Reform Task Force, said, “This isn’t about politics, it’s about lives. Every year we wait to expand we risk the lives of 200 Utahns to disease that could have been treated with access to affordable care. The continued hesitation to act by the majority caucus is simply puzzling.”

 

Democratic Representatives have consistently supported the full expansion of Medicaid, which would have added 3,000 jobs and close to $2 billion to the state. The “Healthy Utah” plan proposed by the Governor is considered a compromise worthy of consideration in a time of great need for Utahns.

 

Representative Chavez Houck again, “Utah benefits, and isn’t that the bottom line? We are expected to govern, and this is a fundamental step to protect our people and build our economy. We should not wait, we cannot wait. We need bipartisan support to save the lives of our mothers, fathers, and children, and we need it today.”

 

 

For more information on the lives lost to postponing expansion, please visit http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2014/01/30/opting-out-of-medicaid-expansion-the-health-and-financial-impacts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=opting-out-of-medicaid-expansion-the-health-and-financial-impacts

 

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Bill Signings!

Posted by on May 6, 2014

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Representative Marie Poulson speaking to HB 71s01, aptly known as “revenge porn”.

Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig speaking to the signings of two of her bills, one for new and better communication between rape victims and law and enforcement, the other a way to protect those trapped by human traffickers.

Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig speaking to the signings of two of her bills, one for new and better communication between rape victims and law and enforcement, the other a way to protect those trapped by human traffickers.

Representative Romero speaking about the future of abuse education in Utah, thanks to her HB 286s02.

Representative Romero speaking about the future of abuse education in Utah, thanks to her HB 286s02.

Official signing of HB286s02

Official signing of HB286s02

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Official signing of HB 157s01

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Official signing of HB254s01

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Official Signing of HB71s02

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2014 Hottest Legislative Issues Signed Into Law

Posted by on May 6, 2014

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: May 5,  2014

 

Contact:         Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

2014 Hottest Legislative Issues Signed Into Law

 

Salt Lake City- Several issues drew huge attention during the 2014 legislative session, but few as defiantly as bills pertaining to the rights of victims of abuse and sexual trauma.  Bills authored by Democratic Representatives Seelig, Romero and Poulson will all be signed by Governor Gary Herbert tomorrow, prioritizing the state’s commitment to protecting Utahns everywhere.

 

House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig said, “We are making Utah safer by ensuring punishments go to criminals, not to victims. Joining with state and local agencies, we are working together to tackle the problems we have seen develop in recent years.”

 

What:  Governor Gary Herbert bill signing

HB 71S01 (Revenge Porn) sponsored by Representative Marie Poulson

HB 157S01 (Rape Kit Processing Amendments) by Representative Jennifer Seelig

HB 254S01 (Human Trafficking Victim Amendments) by Representative Jennifer Seelig

HB 286S02 (Child Sexual Abuse Prevention) by Representative Angela Romero

When:  Tuesday May 6, 2014  10:00 AM

Where: Capitol Gold Room

350 N State St,

Salt Lake City, UT 84114

 

 

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Representative Lynn Hemingway on Comcast Newsmakers

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014

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Representative Larry Wiley on Comcast Newsmakers

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014

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